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Discover The Timeless Charm Of Blenheim Palace
As far as palaces go, Blenheim Palace is a real gem. This spectacular Oxfordshire mansion is one of England’s largest houses and was built between 1705 and 1722. It’s situated next to the scenic River Glyme and is home to the incredibly lucky 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. Us ordinary people can discover what it’s like living in this gorgeous home however, as it’s been open to the public since 1972! Set in over 2,000 acres of parkland, the gorgeous estate is equally as magnificent as Buckingham Palace and the stunning country setting makes Blenheim Palace an ideal rural retreat!
The history of Blenheim Palace: dream country mansion
A designated World Heritage Site since 1987, Blenheim Palace is the only non-royal country house in England to hold the title of palace! It’s hard to believe that this magnificent home isn’t owned by a member of the royal family as the palace’s Baroque architecture is simply gorgeous and reminiscent of the Queen’s pad.
The palace was built to celebrate the victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession and was given as a gift to the First Duke of Marlborough – the military commander who led the Allied forces in the Battle of Blenheim on 13th August 1704. Not a bad token of appreciation!
Inside, the Palace is filled with colourful tapestries, breathtaking paintings and porcelain collections surrounded by hand painted ceilings and delicate carvings.
The formal gardens of Blenheim Palace were introduced by the 9th Duke of Marlborough. He planted half a million trees in the surrounding park and the gardens are landscaped by famous architect Lancelot “Capability” Brown! Today’s Duke is committed to preserving the Palace for the public’s enjoyment with the estate named a World Heritage Site during his ownership.
Birthplace of Winston Churchill
Blenheim Palace was the birthplace of the UK’s greatest wartime Prime Minister – Sir Winston Churchill! Born on 30th November 1874, Churchill later proposed to his future wife in the Blenheim Palace gardens at the Temple of Diana. Although never owner of the mansion, Churchill chose to be buried beside his parents in the cemetery of St Martin’s Church in Bladon, Oxfordshire. The tower of the cemetery can be seen from the Blenheim Palace State rooms and it seems fitting that Churchill return to his idyllic county of birth to be laid to rest.
Blenheim Palace for families
Blenheim Palace is a great day out for the whole family, with fun activities on offer for kids and enjoyable events regularly staged for adults. Keep kids entertained with a family quiz that can be collected on arrival at the Palace and played as you walk through the exquisite rooms. Friendly guides will be on hand to help you with some answers if you get a bit stuck! Little ones will love riding the Winston Churchill Miniature Train to The Pleasure Gardens from the Palace, with the Marlborough Maze and Butterfly House just waiting to be explored!
Blenheim Palace entry tickets are easy to purchase and Oxford is easy to reach by train. If you’re travelling from central London, why not check out a Visit to Blenheim Palace and the Best of the Cotswolds tour? You’ll see some stunning English countryside and enjoy an unforgettable experience exploring Blenheim Palace.